As ever, I am extremely excited about today’s house tour. As soon as it popped into my inbox, I knew I had to share it with you all. It would be a crime to keep this house all to myself. Having said that, I am planning on stealing a large number of design ideas from it for my next project….
So I came across this simply delightful coastal home on a fantastic site for daily inspiration – dustjacketattic.com. I highly advise signing up, as Aussie-based Debra sends out regular doses of loveliness, from amazing interiors, to weekend style, mouthwatering food snaps and much more besides. With only limited text in each post and wonderfully stylised, life-inspiring photos, it’s an easy way to while away some time and allow yourself to dream of what could be.
What I love about this house in Grotto Bay, South Africa (apart from the gobsmackingly stunning setting of course), is the great use of natural materials and textures. I often see beach houses overuse cheesy, cliche, ‘nautical themed’ ornaments like faux starfish or boat accessories, which in my view is completely unnecessary given their beach location that should mostly be left to speak for itself. None of that here though, just plain gorgeousness.
In the shot above for example, the rustic dining chairs and table do not distract from the setting. The natural seat covers further complement this simplistic scheme, allowing the eyes to be drawn to the scene unfolding outside.
The home owners take a similar approach in the bedroom above. The bed is rustic and yet despite being a statement four-poster, it doesn’t dominate the space too much. Natural materials in the rug and chair also add understated, yet welcome texture here and bring a bit of warmth to an otherwise stark, white cube.
I adore the simple bedding and the monochrome cushion in the bedroom. And I’m pleased that a Moroccan pouffe adds a little global flair without clashing or contrasting with the overall scheme.
This living area is one of the loveliest I’ve seen. Completely in tune with the rest of the property, it mixes whites and natural woods for a perfect balance of cosiness and style. The rustic fireplace brings warmth and interest and the extra blanket over the sofa gives you the clear sense that you could snuggle up and sleep comfortably on a breezy summer evening.
Above, a wider angle gives a better sense of the overall space. And yet again, there is nothing I dislike (ok, ok, if it were me I’d have to bung some cheeky bright accessories in somewhere…!). But honestly, the kitchen also floats my boat (ahem) – the pendant lamps have erred on the right side of industrial chic and the old terracotta vase brings in some more unusual texture to contrast with the more modern counter-top. Bet it’s a bitch to clean though.
I am so envious of this house’s coastal setting. Beautiful sea views and windswept grasses are something you just can’t beat on a good day. I think the only downsides must be the endless sweeping up of sand (though a remote controlled hoover would surely sort that out), and, well, erm, that’s all I can think of actually. Damn.
Long-term readers of NMC will know that I am quite the fan of a hanging chair. I don’t care whether they are inside or out, and this example could work either way. I also rather love those exceedingly comfy looking loungers by the pool. Shame I turn lobster pink at the first glimpse of the sun. Sigh.
Yes, I’ve given it some thought and I could definitely live here. It would be a struggle at first getting used to such a remote setting, but if I could just stick with it, it might just work. Ok, I jest. It’s obvious that I can’t afford this house. But there is plenty of inspiration to be taken away from it while I save up my deposit:
- Coastal style does not mean starfish ornaments and miniature lighthouses. And not everything has to be blue. Or striped. Or an anchor. You see where I’m going with this.
- Rather, stick to a muted colour scheme so it doesn’t detract from the outdoor setting. I like the starkness and simplicity of the white scheme used throughout this house.
- Add texture through natural materials – wood, rattan/wicker/sisal/jute, and soft sheepskins or fleece blankets work especially effectively. And be creative – I wouldn’t have thought to use terracotta as a textural accent, but this house shows it can be done without going all country cottage.
- Window treatments work best with light, billowy fabrics that will move in the breeze and let in maximum light. If you’re in the UK, investing in some made to measure shutters to keep out the worst of the weather is also probably a good idea.
- If it’s all just a bit too bland for you though, don’t be afraid to chuck in some cheeky brights for added interest. I love the idea of soft greys complemented with some bright yellows or reds (think a fisherman’s waterproof coat on an overcast day). This type of scheme could also cope with some bold metallics too – copper candle holders or oversized silver Moroccan trays would work a treat and provide extra interest for global maximalists!
So there you have it folks, a beach house with a dreamy style to die for. You like? Do tell me in the comments below…
Happy travels, and shopping